I wanted to wrap up this section of the Gerry Connolly Sucks series. For those of you checking in now, check out Gerry Connolly Sucks Part 43 to see the video from when Gerry was charged with a Hit and Run, check Gerry Connolly Sucks Part 47 to see how he avoided a felony charge, and see Gerry Connolly Sucks Part 48 on how he was leading the search for a police chief while he was under indictment. This post will be Gerry Sucks, Part 53.
Now let's get to the trial! Better known in legal circles as:
The Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Gerald Edward Connolly. Case Number: GT04089488-00.
This case started out different than many court cases. There was no jury selection. Almost every defendant going to trial requests a trial by a jury of their peers. Of course, in Gerry's mind he has no peers- so a trial by jury would be impossible.
A special judge was brought in from Prince William County to hear the case. Gerry pleaded Not Guilty. (For identity purposes on the Summons, Gerry is 5 foot 8 inches tall and is 200 pounds).
"Judge Craig Johnston, ruling after a two-hour trial in General District Court with seven witnesses, acknowledged that Connolly's failure to realize that his red Toyota Camry had collided with a black Ford Explorer on International Drive the morning of May 14 "is perhaps subject to some incredulity on the part of many."
"He said "there was certainly good reason" for Fairfax police to charge Connolly."
"But Johnston said the prosecutor did not prove that the county's top political leader purposefully drove away to a meeting after the accident."
"Lewis Pfister, who was driving the Explorer, and his wife Karen testified that they immediately heard the sound of screeching brakes and knew they had been in an accident. "The sound was so loud that when we got out of the car [to see the damage], I was surprised" at how limited it was, Karen Pfister testified.
The couple said Connolly looked at them, then drove away, continuing through the green light at the corner of International Drive and Route 123."
Disgusting. And this woman was pregnant.
Connolly, however, testified that he heard the Explorer's brakes screech and the driver honk but did not feel any impact to his car...He said he discovered a dent on the driver's side of his car the following morning.
By "discovered... the following morning" he means when the police came to his house and found the car they were looking for with a huge dent on the side.
But here's the most stunning part of how awful this judge was:
"Johnston, in issuing his not guilty ruling, said Connolly's "position and his duties have caused him to be oblivious to what is going on in his car."
Oh really? So all elected officials can now get off from Hit and Runs because their positions cause them to be "oblivious" to what is going on in their car? I've never heard anything so absurd and this judge clearly has no place on the bench.